Transition to Professional Practice


This is the capstone course for Bachelor of Nursing. The course requires students to integrate and apply the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with their entire sequence of undergraduate study. This course comprises two hours of on-campus teaching followed by an extended clinical placement in one of a range of contexts in which students are required to demonstrate their ability to practice at the level of a competent beginning registered nurse. Transition to the role of registered nurse, clinical competence and safety and quality in health care are the primary focus of this course.



  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate competence to practice according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Boards' National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse;

2. Demonstrate effective clinical reasoning skills;

3. Reflect on and learn from clinical practice experiences;

4. Participate in quality improvement, clinical audits and risk management activities;

5. Prepare for employment including maintaining a portfolio as evidence of ongoing professional development activities;

6. Identify and use appropriate personal strategies and support networks to manage the stress inherent in professional practice;

7. Communicate appropriately and contribute effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.


In this course, students are required to demonstrate competent practice as defined by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


NURS3201 Pre-Requisite and requirements for Bachelor of Nursing 11725 and Bachelor of Midwifery 12200.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Clinical Audit and Report

Online Learning Activity: Reflective Blog ¿ individual not viewed by other students *

Professional Task: Clinical Placement *

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Online Learning Activity: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - A rating of competence in the clinical competency assessment is required.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - A grade of 50% or higher in the final exam is required to pass this course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.

Contact Hours

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst, Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Clinical Requirements per program: B Nursing students Clinical placement for 200 hours - 40 hours per week for 5 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks